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Drone Rules Raise Preemption Questions

The Federal Aviation Administration's recently announced rules for commercial operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or drones), set to take effect later this month, provide long-awaited guidance to drone operators...more

Tenth Circuit Orders Truck Driver Who Abandoned Trailer on Interstate Highway to be Reinstated with Backpay

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Tenth Circuit held that a trucking company unlawfully retaliated against a truck driver after he abandoned a trailer on a public highway, finding that his actions constituted a protected refusal to...more

Hot CPSC Jurisdictional Issues: Does the CPSC Have Regulatory Authority Over Amusement Park Rides and Guns?

In the wake of two tragic amusement park ride accidents in Kansas and Tennessee, and the ongoing political debate in America over gun safety issues, we felt it timely to help answer a question that continues to be asked in...more

EPA Issues Final Rule Implementing Formaldehyde Emission Standards

Final rule seeks to reduce exposure to formaldehyde vapors by establishing emission standards and labeling requirements for certain wood products. Six years after the passage of the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for...more

PIPES Act Puts More Priorities in PHMSA’s Regulatory Pipeline

On June 22, 2016, the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act) was signed into law. The new law reauthorizes the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials...more

President Obama Signs PIPES Act of 2016, Reauthorizing PHMSA and Introducing New Mandates for Oil and Gas Pipeline Programs

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed a bill reauthorizing the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA) oil and gas pipeline programs through 2019. Obama’s final stamp on the Protecting our...more

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration Reauthorized

The newly enacted legislation further bolsters PHMSA’s growing oversight of storage and pipeline transport facilities. On June 22, US President Barack Obama signed the Protecting Our Infrastructure of Pipelines and...more

Drone experts say human and machine should be treated the same when it comes to privacy and security

Last week I attended the International Conference on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (ICUAS) in Arlington, Virginia. An “Ethics and Engineering” panel set forth some interesting questions for those individuals and businesses...more

The Last Set of Major FSMA Regulations Are Done!

The last of FDA’s seven “foundational” rules mandated under the Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011 (FSMA) was published at the end of last month, just a few days before the May 31, 2016 deadline agreed to by the Agency...more

Congress Sends Chemical Safety Reform Legislation to Be Signed into Law

The historic reform of the Toxic Substances Control Act overhauls the United States’ primary chemical safety law for the first time in 40 years. Following months of closed-door negotiations, the US House of...more

Unpacking the Toxic Substances Control Act Reform Bill

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have passed the long-pending Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) reform legislation, which will bolster the government’s power to regulate a wide variety of chemicals. The bill...more

The Indonesian water sector: A flood of projects held back by PDAMs

Indonesia is blessed with abundant water resources, yet its people suffer from a severe shortage of potable water. The intersection of these two facts neatly describes why Indonesia should offer a bonanza for the global...more

Alarming Number of Bystanders Injured in Chicago-Area Police Pursuits

Police shootings have dominated the headlines, however, police pursuits have injured and killed more individuals over the last several years, and the Chicago-area statistics are shockingly high....more

FSMA Food Defense Rule Requires Firms to Address Risk of Terrorism

In an effort to prevent wide-scale public harm through the nation’s food supply from acts of terrorism, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published its final rule regarding Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food...more

Environmental Groups File Suit Seeking Revision of E&P Waste Regulations

On May 4, 2016, the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP), National Resources Defense Council (NRDC); Earthworks; Center for Health, Environment and Justice; and three other environmental groups (hereinafter collectively...more

FDA Publishes Final Rule for Protection Against Intentional Adulteration as Part of Food Safety Modernization Act

FDA has published as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) a final rule concerning mitigation strategies to protect food against intentional adulteration. The rule will require domestic and foreign food facilities...more

FAA’s drone detection initiative

This week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expanded its Pathfinder Program by signing the Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRDAs) with Gryphon Sensors, Liteye Systems, Inc. and Sensofusion to add to...more

FDA Proposes Ban on Electrical Stimulation Devices for Aggressive or Self-Injurious Behavior

On April 25, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published a proposed rule banning electrical stimulation devices (ESDs) used to treat aggressive or self-injurious behavior....more

Restoring the Balance: Lessons from the Human Rights Appeal of Mihaly v Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of...

We had earlier provided clients with a brief summary of the Mihaly decision on January 27, 2016. This article is a follow-up and includes some of the top lessons for regulators and their legal counsel. When it comes to...more

Minnesota Weekly Legislative Update

This week, the Senate DFL majority released their budget targets, setting guidelines for committees to address the $900 million surplus. In their budget targets, $300 million will go toward tax relief. In addition, voluntary...more

Expanding Horizons: Drone Regulations from a Prosecutorial Perspective

BB&K attorney Jordan Ferguson writes about the criminal side of drones for the California District Attorneys Association’s Prosecutor’s Brief. Over the next few years, the skies are likely to get much more crowded....more

FCC Proposed Rule Will Change Business Data Services (Also Known as Special Access) Marketplace

Public and Private Agencies' Rates Could Be Impacted - The FCC is expected to issue a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on April 28 that will rewrite the rules that protect local governments, public agencies and...more

Appellate Court Notes

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19480 - McCullough v. Swan Engraving, Inc. - This case determined that when a husband had already filed a claim for disability benefit in a timely fashion under the Worker’s...more

European Commissioner for Transport Focuses on Connected Cars as Part of Continuing Road Safety Strategy

In 2010, the EU set an ambitious goal of halving traffic deaths in 2020. As part of these ongoing efforts to increase road safety, on Thursday the European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc published a report on road...more

Committee OK's Bill to Address Suicide Among Correction Officers and Prisoners

Here’s a thumbs-up to the legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. Last week, the committee rightly gave a favorable report to a bill, SB 1284, mandating a study of how to keep prisoners and...more

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